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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Over the ages the term ’cellar door’ has numerously been referred to as the most beautiful term in the English language. Upon setting out to create the first summer addition to the Stateside line up of ales; the feeling that almost instantly came to me was that of beauty & cleansing. Many summer offerings tend to lack the complexity of their bigger, colder season counterparts; so my goal was to craft an ale of extreme balance with a delicate complexity that allows for contemplation while also providing quaffable refreshment. Starting with a base of German wheat & pale malts this crisp slightly hazy foundation was then accented with a blend of Sterling & Citra hops providing a intricate blend of herbal grass & tangerine citrus flavors and aroma. To pull this all together and to complete the ’cleansing’ aspect of my vision I gently finished the ale off with a touch of white sage, lending a mild earthy spice character to the blend. Of course let’s not forget our house saison yeast that brought all the elements together leaving a dry yet intricate finish.

(Beer added by: johnmichaelsen on 05-22-2010)
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Photo of Beaver13


2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, dated 4/23/13. Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a small white head that quickly disappears.

The aroma is wheaty malts with some ripe citric fruit and spices (sage) and some earthy yeast.

The flavor is sweet floral soapy malts with some fruit, earthiness and sage. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, interesting saison, but a bit flat, overly spiced and a bit soapy.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 22:27:02 | More by Beaver13
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although the hop bitterness is noticeable, the sweetness and citrus flavors balance it out to keep the bitterness down. A little more funk than the usual Saison, but that's not a bad thing. This beer delivers a satisfying taste and aroma experience. While a bit more bold in some areas than I might like, it still provides a smooth and refreshing taste and feel. If there's a movie line that matches this beer, it would be, "Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in." Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 15:20:13 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of ArrogantB


3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, around six months old. Color is hazy orange, decent head. Smells good but its sort of spicy, peppery, herbal, saison-like, good. Flavor was really strong soap, potpurri, herbs, not really pleasant and a deviation from the smell. I would not purchase this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 03:49:04 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of Agent1

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Vivid color. Clearly unfiltered. Nice consistent head. White, slightly creamy and thin head. Decent retention, great color and poor lacing.

Smell - Lemon peel, coriander and fresh bread. Honey, light hop funk, fairly present alcohol. Good but not crazy complex.

Taste - More esters and clove than a typical Farmhouse. Plenty of banana leaf and coriander. Grassy. Nice and clean. Dry, crisp bittering hops. The wheat grain really jumps out at you. Vanilla, green apple, olive (mostly on the finish), bread, lemon, fresh ginger, flowers/floral notes, honey and lemon grass. Lightly funked for a Saison. This is not super dry or bitter like many others.

Mouthfeel - Excellent, excellent use of carbonation. A light fizzy sting or bite to the tongue. Crisp, cold and clean. Zappy. Lights up the front and roof of the mouth the most, A bit sticky. Really great use of sugars and bitter hops. Again, great carbonation.

Overall - Perhaps more of a Wit or Weiss than a Farmhouse Ale, but incredibly delicious nonetheless. This definitely seems to borrow a few flavor profiles from a German Weiss. The banana leaf, cloves and accentuated wheat flavors are all blended into a traditional Belgian Farmhouse Ale recipe to create something slightly different. For that reason, I give it a higher rating because it's not just trying to follow a traditional recipe or do what everyone considers a "Farmhouse/ Saison." This stands out a bit more from the group, and for that I really like it.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 03:31:53 | More by Agent1
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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange, at least 6 months of age maybe more. Lots of big fluffy white head. Had to wait a while for it to die. Subtle funky nose.

Light fluffy but super carbonated. Sweet tangerine, citrus and tart fruits. Very subtle, could be the age, spicy earthy and herbal finish, dry finishe with soft lingering fruitiness and dryness. Hoppy bitter bite builds slowly as a nice contrast to some of the sweeter aspects.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 18:17:06 | More by jtierney89
Photo of Sunn


3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really interesting beer.

Looks like slightly dehydrated piss in a glass. Surprisingly there was little to no head even with an aggressive pour which surprised me.

As far as taste and smell, it's really unique. If a pumpkin ale and saison had a baby, this is what it would be. The spice character helps balance out the citrus and funk pretty well. I've never tasted a beer quite like this. I'm guessing this is going to be a love/hate kind of beer for a lot of people.

BUT. I have to say. If you have problems with heartburn or anything of the sort. I'd stay away from this beer. It's good, but it gave me insane heartburn. If you get heartburn and have Tums on hand, then give this beer a shot. If you don't get heartburn, then give this beer a shot. I've never had anything quite like it before so I'm kind of stuck with my rating.

It's a good beer, but my body definitely does not enjoy it. I'd be willing to trade a bottle for some extra strength Tums right now.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 01:37:15 | More by Sunn
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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottledon 4/23/13. Poured into Stange(.3 VBC glass)

A-Clear and bubbly this beer is. Golden straw color body with a thin white one finger head.

S-The beer is made with white sage and you can tell. The sage is blended beautifully with floral notes and lemon rind citrus characteristics.

T-The taste is very similar on the aroma with a more prominent focus on the sage. Get a lot of citrus rind mixed with the sage. The yeast comes in more towards the back giving it clove flavoring and nice spiciness. The citrus notes are throughout the palate. Highly enjoyable.

M-Holy shit this beer is carbonated. I like my saisons well carbed so this is perfect. On the thinner side for mouthfeel and a real nice dry finish.

O-Another stellar saison by Stillwater Artisanal ales. Grab a four back of this if you can and enjoy every sip. This beer would be great without the sage addition but I love how it adds depth to this already intricate beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 05:34:16 | More by mikem0487
Photo of minterro


4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Never heard about the brewing company before, which kinda surprises me. I mean I guess they are east coast and I couldn't really get their stuff in MI, but I still surprised. Bought at Little's Wine and Liquor (Denver), suggested by one of the employees. Although I wouldn't have needed the suggestion if I would have seen the bottles.... DANG! They are amazing.

Paired with the crazy awesome kimchi sandwich from City O' City in denver.

Bottled on 4/23/13

A&S: Extremely strong in aroma, which has elements of fruity berries, lemon zest, coriander spice, white wine and pale grains. However the aroma is mostly dominated by a yeasty-banana presence. Nothing very appealing as far as look. Head is a bright fizzy white, and fades almost immediately to nothing, no lacing. Mellow almost opaque dull orange colored beer.

T&M: definitely complex, but can be broken down into two major taste components: tartness and bitterness from spice components. Earthy components (especially when it warms) along with grassy hops. At the very finish pale clean maltyness. Feel is very crisp and clean.

Overall: A very enjoyable beer, look forward to trying more from this company. Very drinkable, would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 04:31:57 | More by minterro
Photo of Maxwell


3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden orange color, like a deep, dark piss. The beer forms a light head of pale white bubbles that quickly fizzle away to a thin, almost-non-existent scrim on the sides of the glass. In body, the beer is clean but murky, with just faint suggestions light and shapes coming through from the other side of the glass. Upon further examination, tiny specs can be seen floating in the beer, though none are of a considerable size. On the nose, the beer smells smoothly funky with saison yeast and a good touch of pepper that spices the nose. Pineapple and a touch of orange juice can also be sensed on the nose, along with a nice, light wheat flake scent that suggests the beer’s malt. The pineapple smell blends in and out of the funk smell, suggesting a presence of juicier hops and some nice, hay-like funk. On the tongue, the beer tastes fruity sweet and acidic with a light, tart pucker to the mouth and a very light touch of bitterness, which comes through more in the aftertaste. In flavor, the beer begins as light wheat malt, immediately exploding into huge pineapple bursts of flavor with herbal, funky side flavors and a light bitter grapefruit. The funk is deep enough that I think I detect some brett in the flavor, though I didn’t think this beer had any in it… The finish is dry, yet full of pineapple funk flavors and just a touch of wheat malt, which the aftertaste accentuates. In the mouth, the beer feels sharp in carbonation, coming in somewhere on the heavy side of medium, while the body sits on the tongue comfortably at a medium weight. The mouth is left dry except for acid cancelling saliva on the sides of the cheeks and a light stickiness on the tongue. Overall, this is a nice little saison with some rich complexity. It is delicate and very fruity with its funk, most likely due to the addition of white sage. It’s not my favorite American Farmhouse Ale though. It’s good and tasty and I would never turn it down, but it doesn’t seem like the type of beer I would drink more than one of at a sitting, as it sits in the stomach a little heavy. It’s rich and complex, but it doesn’t light up my palate like it has for others.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 18:30:43 | More by Maxwell
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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip; translucent yellow/gold with a lively big white head that fades fast, leaving chunky lacing. Smells yeasty, crackery malt and hint of sage (it's brewed with white sage). Crisp floral hops, lemon rind. Taste is lemon rind, biscuity malt, slight herbal sage flavor, citrusey floral crisp hops, yeast. Mouthfeel is lively, fizzy, and clean. Finish is dry. Delicious adn refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 20:03:25 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a globe at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Hazy deep gold color with a 2-finger bubbly white head. Decent retention and some spots of lacing. Hazy but still a lot of bubbles are apparent.

S – Grainy wheat malt, black pepper and banana yeast notes, and a beautiful hop profile with orange, lemongrass, herbal, and floral notes. Smells really nice and refreshing.

T – Starts off sweet with grainy wheat and some apple and orange esters. As the taste progresses, dry earthiness takes over with lots of earthy yeast notes with black pepper and coriander, as well as herbal and floral hops. These flavors culminate in a spicy, herbal, floral, bittersweet, and earthy finish. There’s a lot going on here that I can’t really quite put together well right now, but it’s definitely tasty.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied, good carbonation, a crisp, effervescent, and creamy mouthfeel, and a bittersweet, spicy, earthy, herbal, and floral finish. All of these flavors come together and linger for a little while.

O – This is a nice saison. As I always say, I tend to like some Brett in my saisons, and there isn’t much to be found here. Still, the musty character is almost there due to the strong presence of earthy, herbal, and floral aromas and flavors. This is a nice beer to just chill out with on a summer day. I probably wouldn’t want to drink a bunch of them due to the ABV and complexity (it’s just a lot to take in), but it’s still certainly very drinkable. Nice beer from Stillwater, and I’ll definitely be trying more.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 19:02:37 | More by BlackBelt5112203
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Farmhouse brew with white sage.

A: A vibrantly strong effervesce lies within a pale orange body that was fairly dense clarity wise. A micro-bubbly thin light beige head is spongy textured but holds rather well despite its slight nature. Lacing is kept to a minimal.

S: Slight muskiness, orange peel, soft breadiness and some bar lemons.

T: Flavor was musky oranges, wheat and lemon citrus with an ideal crisp nature and delivery. Bready, yeasty, musky tart tangerines and citrusy bar lemons finishes out with a earthy musky greenery of hops.

M: Sharp bright carbonation, just as it should be, carbonation is lively, with a frothy and creamy body upon the hold.

O: Overall very crisp, lightly tart and musky with a very easy approach. This is very easy to consume, smooth, and easy to drink in multiples. A great summer tart summer drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 00:26:08 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Danny1217


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy straw-like color with a big, fluffy white head that fizzles away within a few minutes. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass.
The smell is pungent and spicy, with a touch of fruit. Sage, black pepper, and a slight citrus touch.
The taste is quite spicy as well with notes of black pepper and sage, as well as some citrus, and a bread like grain character. The beer goes down very dry and crisp with a spritzy carbonation and medium body.

This is a fantastic saison. Of all the American saisons I have had, I find this one to be most similar to the classic Saison Dupont, but the use of American hops and the addition of sage add their own character. Cellar Door does the style very well and adds it's own unique twists.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 06:20:10 | More by Danny1217
Photo of Boardshort_Brewer


3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Clear golden yellow with a large white head.
Smell - Pretty typical of saisons, a little clovey but the sage definately comes through.
Taste - A little higher carbonation than I would like, the combination of clove from the yeast and strong sage initially made me think of cinnamon for some reason. Mild alcoholic taste and warmth.

Not a huge fan of the style but this one was tolerable.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 23:55:28 | More by Boardshort_Brewer
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Coleman Public House
5oz sample as part of a flight

A: pale straw yellow, small bright white head, little lacing
S: huge sage aroma, very floral, citrus rind
T: like the aroma, huge sage and its delicious; along with citrus rind and a faint bitterness
M: medium body carbonation fairly low, good drink ability
O: Really enjoyable saison if you enjoy sage. I loved this one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2013 17:37:41 | More by zac16125
Photo of daledeee


3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A featured beer at the local beer store.

Poured this into my oversized wine glass. A cloudy gold brew with head that went away quickly.

Hints of citrus and lots of sage.

Taste: The first one of these I had, I thought it tasted liked catnip. I thought it was awful. So....I bought a 4 pack not knowing that this is the same beer. The first one of those still had too much sage(not catnip). I am now on my 3rd one. I must say it is growing on me. But wait a minute. I still wonder what this beer would taste like without the sage. It is a smooth drinking beer with great mouth feel. It has good carbonation and citrus flavors. Balanced by good yeast. But....the sage. It comes across as moldy hay.

Overall, I am getting used to this beer. Maybe this approach to flavor s more common than I thought but it is the first one I have had.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 00:02:59 | More by daledeee
Photo of dar482

New York

4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy deep yellow with some orange in there.

The aroma has orange, banana, and just tons and tons herbs and spiciness. A bit of wheat there too with some saison funk.

The flavor follows with a lot of herbs and spices. The beer is quite different and interesting because you're hit with a huge amount of white pepper, sage, grass, herbs, pepper, clove. The fruit is a bit of citrus with orange, but sweet wheat and banana in there too. There's a hint of funk in there too.

There's a good crisp drying on the end and some lingering herbs and spices.

This beer is very refreshing and the spice really adds an interesting dimension to this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2013 21:13:32 | More by dar482
Photo of mntlover


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy off yellow color with some orange hints almost like pineapple juice. A nice thumb sized white head but it falls fairly quick no real lace left behind.

Aroma is nice wheat malts, ripe fruit, grasses nice herbal spice definite sage some clove other spice. Nice nose on this one.

Taste is crisp tart on wheat hay background lots of fruits and tons of spice mingled through out. Finish is more tart on musty hay with lots of spice, peppery and sage mingled with others pinch of hops to round it out.

Mouthfeel is light with plenty of pep on par for the style.

Overall very enjoyable nice peppy with lots of flavors everywhere, complex, tasty and fun all rolled into one nice Saison.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 02:42:30 | More by mntlover
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3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Not much head at all but it does have pretty good retention. The head is a weak cotton white while the body is a dull golden straw which glows a hazy pale straw when held up to the light. Very inviting with bubbles flooding to the top without pause. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- If the bottle hadn't said this was brewed with sage, I would have known. Without a doubt, this is the most dominant aroma from the tulip. The bottle shows more of the Sterling hops in the form of earthy and spicy grassiness. As the sage goes away, there are hints of berry and other fruits. The sage also seems to suggest rosemary as well. Some notes of orange peel, maybe coriander. Very promising aroma profile over all. Some soapiness.

Taste- Lots of citrus, woody and spicy yeast, orange peel. The sage perks up on the finish. This is a very intense and complex beer- not sure whether I like its particular brand of intensity of complexity but I cannot deny the robust nature of this beer. Lots of orange, some berry notes with a foundation of sage that gives it earthy, grassy, almost mineral notes. Spicy esters with hints of banana and clove. There are some grain notes from the wheat but sage is the star of the show in the flavor profile. You will have to like sage to drink this beer. I like sage but fortunately it starts to mellow out to give the other flavors more of a chance to shine.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with some vinous texture. Light zip of carbonation that works well.

Drinkability- Borders on crisp and refreshing. Pretty easygoing. The sage notes are both a positive and a deterrent. I'd probably go with their Stateside instead.

Overall- Very solid beer and very close to being a four. Definitely worth a try (unless you hate sage).

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 01:09:16 | More by artoolemomo
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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brilliant gold with a thin, fizzy white mousse that quickly recedes, leaving only a thin ring of lace around the sides of the glass. For a saison/farmhouse ale, this is clearer and cleaner looking than I would normally expect.

S: Aromas of biscuits, crackers, straw, must, oak, sage, lemon, white pepper, herbs, and briny funk fill the nose. As the beer warms, the pepper, sage, oak, and must scents become noticeably stronger and more complex hop aromas of lemon, lime, kumquat, and carambola assert themselves.

T: Notes of minerals, oak, crackers, biscuits, lemon, lime, bitter orange, kumquats, carambola, straw, grass, herbs, chalk, must, vinegar, sage, white pepper, and unripened fruit fill the mouth. The finish is deliciously floral and herbal with white pepper, sage, heather, grass, straw, and mineral notes underscored by notes of lemon and lime.

M: Light-to-medium in body, but a bit on the slight side. Very chalky and dry. Carbonation is intense and crisp, and does not let up once the beer has settled in your mouth. Alcohol presence is pretty much undetectable. A bit gassy, but also very satisfying and thirst quenching. I could drink several of these in one sitting.

O: An interesting saison. The appearance and nose were a bit underwhelming, but the first sip of this convinced me that this is a beer to be taken seriously. As the first beer from Stillwater Artisanal Ales that I've tried, I have to say that I am impressed.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 19:23:52 | More by mrfrancis
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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The color is a solid hazy golden-orange, bright despite the haze. An almost completely pure white head reaches two fingers of dense, big-bubbled foam that settles to a pocked single finger. It retains itself very well at that point and leaves some lacing in spreading patches and pretty heavy spotting.
The aroma's light but gets stronger at the beer sits, while the flavor doesn't take very much coaxing. It definitely goes the herbal route, though there are nice, delicate touches of earth, spiciness, and gentle sweetness under and herbal note. It's definitely floral, both a combination of a grassy and leafy element, and only very gentle tart and musty. Overall it works to very good effect. It's actually surprisingly hoppy, certainly more than I expected, though I think it works toward the big picture. Some might be put off by the break from tradition, certainly, but it's complex, well-balanced, and tasty.
The body is medium and there's certainly a creamy feel. carbonation is on the higher end but remains pretty well moderated. The crispness is second to the smoothness but is there, particaularly as the finish goes slightly tangier (in a good way).

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 15:44:17 | More by Brenden
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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 04/08/13.

Mild haze. Golden lemon body. Thin finger of sudsy, off-white head. Wheaty malt aromas of light tropical fruit, banana, and sweet bread. Peppery, spicy, sagey notes waft in and steal the nose. Actually kind of works.

Soft wheat and light sweetness up front. Herbal, spicy bitterness falls in behind, but sticks around. Grainy, slightly fruity (pear) malts mid-palate, accented by Belgian yeast funk. Sage and tea spiciness come on strong and meld with the simmering herbal, spicy bitterness into the finish. Lingering pear, yeasty notes, and sage. Moderate body with a lively, prickly feel. Not the best Stillwater beer I have had yet, but interesting no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 21:36:09 | More by alexgash
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New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was given an ice cold growler as a gift of this magnificent brew. Poured a golden color with an excellent aroma. A crisp mouth feel compliments the excellent taste of this beer. This is an excellent session beer that could be drank all day long. Has a slight herbal aftertaste that lingers. All in all this is a very good beer.

Bottom Line: Great brew from Stillwater!

Serving type: growler

06-30-2013 21:19:23 | More by themind
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New York

4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into the tulip, a hazy gold beer with a finger of white head; very little persisted and no lacing

S: grassy fields, herbs and tart yeast

T: earthy celery and white pepper, old lemony citrus; faint, soft fruit malt base; nicely balanced taste components include wheat and white sage

M: smooth and soft, slightly fuzzy, medium-light body; clean-finishing

O: this was so good - really nice balance between the softer malts and crisp hops, slight blanched-out tartness - very smooth-drinking and crisp at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 02:05:17 | More by Greywulfken
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4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finally picked up a few Stillwater bottles. Try Debauched at a bar once and was blown away, hope to see it again sometime. This brewery seems right down my alley.

A- Poured into a 10oz glass with a fairly clear golden body and a fizzy white head. The head grows to about a finger high with big bubbles and decent retention. Small ring remains leaving spotty lace.

S- Spicy and herbal up front with notes of peppercorns, coriander and sage. Lemony citrus rind, grass, fruity esters and bread in there as well.

T- Once again the yeast and sage used here presents an herbal/spicy forefront to this beer. Lemongrass, citrus zest, peppercorns (white/pink), coriander, clove and even slight nutmeg comes to mind. Just a big Belgian yeast influence. Apple, white grape, wheat yeast bread and some grassy, tropical fruit hoppiness comes to mind beyond that. A tiny bit of welcomed tartness comes into play with a warmth.

MF- Dried out light end body that isn't anywhere near watery. A higher end carbonation foams up nicely and brings a silky, creamy feel to the beer. Herbal/spicy/hop bitterness finishes off the beer.

Supremely herbal and spicy yet somehow balanced out and super complex. Worth trying for anyone looking for a good American-made Farmhouse Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 03:00:47 | More by cbutova
Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 781 ratings.